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QHi is a multi-state benchmarking project designed by small rural  hospitals and clinics in Kansas and across the country to evaluate and compare their clinical, financial and operational performance. The Web-based tool includes a dashboard and reporting application where hospitals create self-defined peer groups for comparison and benchmarking. The growth of the user driven QHi program has exceeded expectations and is now being used by more than 300 hospitals in 15 states, including 113 hospitals in Kansas. For more information, contact Sally Perkins or Stu Moore at (785) 233-7436. QHi Brochure

KHA is a sponsor for the QI Project. The QI Project assists organization leadership in overseeing patient care quality and identifying opportunities for improvement. Quarterly reports allow for comparison to aggregate rates and longitudinal trending. QIP is an approved ORYX vendor. If you have questions, or are interested in participating, contact Sally Othmer at sothmer@kha-net.org.

The Physician Quality Reporting System, PQRS, is a reporting program that uses a combination of incentive payments and payment adjustments to promote reporting of quality information by eligible professionals (EPs). Under PQRS, covered professional services are those paid under or based on the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS). To the extent that eligible professionals are providing services which get paid under or based on the PFS, those services are eligible for PQRS incentive payments and/or payment adjustments. The Kansas Hospital Association is working with the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative, the Kansas Medical Society and the Kansas Foundation for Medical Care to gather resources for providers to facilitate participation in PQRS and avoid penalties.

 


Join us for a Noon Briefing on Thursday, Nov. 30, when Casey Johnson, sr. product marketing associate, hospital services, athenahealth, will cover Meaningful Use Stage 3 and the programs objectives, goals and requirements. Johnson will share tips and tricks to help set your organization up for success and avoid penalties. At the end of this webinar, a team of Meaningful Use experts will be available to answer questions.
For more information regarding this event, contact the KHA Education Department at (785) 233-7436.
For more information regarding this meeting, contact Steve Poage at (785) 233-7436.
Join the Kansas Hospital Association for a Noon Briefing on Wednesday, Dec. 6, when Julie Roth, partner, Spencer Fane LLP, will provide an overview of a hospitals basic obligations under EMTALA and specifically address how an individuals location affects a hospitals EMTALA duties.
For more information regarding this event, contact Tish Hollingsworth or Dee Lewis at (785) 233-7436.